India, US seek international support to fight terrorism

Written by fe Bureau | New Delhi | Updated: Jun 27 2009, 05:53am hrs
India and the US have called upon the International community to jointly fight terrorism.

These views have been expressed during a meeting between the visiting US National Security Advisor General James Jones and defence minister AK Antony on Friday. Both the leaders expressed satisfaction at the progress in various aspects of bilateral relations. The US National Security Advisor said Washington was eager to consolidate its relations with New Delhi in all spheres.

Terming India as an emerging global power, General Jones said the Indo-US partnership will be crucial to regional and global peace and stability.

Earlier, the visiting envoy called on Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and discussed the strengthening of cooperation in countering terrorism and the situation in the Afghanistan-Pakistan region. Jones arrived here on a two-day visit on Thursday evening after visiting Afghanistan and Pakistan.

In his meeting with Jones at his 7 Race Course residence, Singh conveyed to him Indias security concerns about the continuing terrorist threat from Pakistan, sources said.

Jones, on his part, reiterated the US commitment to expanding cooperation with India in countering terrorism to ensure that another Mumbai-like attack is not repeated in India, said the sources.

He also met his Indian counterpart MK Narayanan for delegation-level talks that included an entire spectrum of bilateral, regional and global issues.

The two sides discussed the agenda for the forthcoming visit of US secretary of state Hillary Clinton to India, expected late July. Jones underlined the Obama administrations desire to take US ties with India to another level and focused on implementing the landmark civil nuclear agreement inked between the two countries last year.

General Jones was accompanied by the US Embassys Charge d Affairs and acting ambassador Peter Burleigh and Don Camp, Senior Director for South Asia. The Indian delegation included the Army Chief General Deepak Kapoor and Defence Secretary Vijay Singh.